Daily Watch – INEC bumps up PVC collection to November, Chad PM resigns

12th October 2022

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday said new Permanent Voter Cards will be made available by November. INEC Chairman Prof Mahmoud Yakubu said this at a National Endowment for Democracy event in Washington DC in the United States. Yakubu said 2.7 million double registrations were weeded out of the last Continuous Voters Registration exercise conducted by the commission. According to him, about 50% of the new PVCs are ready but yet to be distributed to collection centres.

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has said that States in the North-Central and South-Eastern zones of Nigeria should brace up for more flooding. The Director-General of NiMet, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu, stated this on the sideline of the Hydro-meteorological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. Speaking on the current impact of floods across the country, Matazu said, while flooding from recent rainfall may have reached its peak, flooding caused by the opening of dams and other water-holding facilities would still affect North-Central and Southeast states. He said: “You remember, we issued the forecast in February and we followed up with the monthly updates that we’re going to have above-normal rainfall in most parts of the country. So in terms of the rainfall-induced floods, we have seen the peak but remember we told you that this rainwater gets collected into the reservoirs and dams, and whenever they are filled, it gets filled. The lagoon dam was released. Other dams were also released. So what we are witnessing now is riverine flooding. And from the information we are getting, we are going to see more floods. And now the rain is concentrating on the North Central and southern states. So that will be a combination of short-duration, high-intensity rain, with riverine flooding.”

The FG has presented an official letter of approval for the proposed Lekki International Airport to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, presented the letter at the ongoing ninth Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island This is coming as Nigeria’s aviation pressure group, Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI) supported the decision of the Lagos State Government to build an airport in the Lekki axis to cater to the burgeoning population businesses around the Lekki industrial layout. For the benefit of Lagos, the group has strongly advocated for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the need for the regulator, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Ministry of Aviation, to give the necessary support and approvals for this project. 

Chad’s Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke has resigned, along with his entire government, in order to pave the way for a new government after the Central African country decided to push back elections by two years, the president’s office said on Tuesday. Padacke, a civilian politician, was named prime minister of a transitional military government last year after President Mahamat Idriss Deby seized power in the wake of his father’s death. The military council led by Deby was originally meant to rule for 18 months, but this month the country announced it would push back democratic elections until around October 2024. Deby was sworn in on Monday as president for the new phase of the transition and is expected to appoint a new premier. Padacke also served as prime minister from 2016 to 2018 and was seen as an ally of former president Idriss Deby, who ruled Chad for three decades until his death in April 2021.